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let me finish tonight with a thought on our challenge to the republican party. his name is limbaugh. but let's call him boss tube, like boss tweet, the old political ring leader. two days ago, this challenge goes to until republican in congress or senate. stand up against limbaugh, on anything. we witnessed this long debacle of republican after republican allowing this radio jock not to just command the airways but the hearts and minds of a party. one almost challenged limbaugh but then laid down before the forces and apologized.
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i guess i got the word nobody fights with limbaugh. i think our new poll explains all this. it shows the majority of americans call themselves conservatives but only a third call themselves republicans. now we're watching all this. bob bennett called out of line last weekend, tray grayson next tuesday. arlen specter hit the lifeboat a year ago, so maybe rush is the boss. was the all-time boss here in chicago ever as powerful in his party as boss tube over his? daley only had his city. this guy's got a country. all the ships and sea, now hear this. nobody talks back to rush and dares call himself a republican. but there's still hope. there's still tomorrow. and "hardball" will be listening, ready and eager to let any republican senator or
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congress person come here and show your guts that you're still with the party of lincoln, not limbaugh. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "countdown" with keith olbermann starts right now. which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? senate republicans protecting bp. the senate rises to vote on increasing the oil monolith's liability in the gulf from $75 million to $10 billion. but senator murkowski of alaska blocks the vote, insisting it would hurt small businesses. senator menendez nails it. >> if you drill, you need to be able to pay for the damages, because otherwise, imagine if this particular spill had been done by a quote, unquote, small company, then who would be responsible? >> and our exclusive interview with the alaska whistleblower who witnessed cheating on tests for the blowout preventers on
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wells owned by bp. as all hell blows out in the senate. arrests in massachusetts, in new york, in new jersey. those arrested says the attorney general provided faisal shahzad with funding, a significant step, he says, in the investigation. then, why did the administration just cut new york city's anti-terrorism budget by $100 million? they didn't. they raised it by $47 million. then why is congressman peter king saying they cut it? i don't know, maybe we should go to that secret briefing for senators on the times square bomber and ask senator kit bond, except he fell asleep for 15 minutes during it. arizona's papers please law. the latest high profile convention boycott, the republican presidential convention of 2012. it goes to tampa. not phoenix. oops. lewis black takes off on glenn beck. >> these are the brown shirts. >> this is what hitler did with the ss.
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>> glenn beck has nazi tourette's. tea time, everybody lock hands and form a human chain around the building. okay, everybody just stand 25 feet apart and form a symbolic virtual human chain around the building. and idiot woman speaks in front of a big flag sponsored by a company, quote, somebody told me, you know, you're going into enemy territory. i said, it's chicago. it's not msnbc. yeah. like you had the courage to come to msnbc. all the news and commentary now on "countdown." >> you're right. good evening from new york. as oil and gas continue churning into the gulf, more than 4 million barrels now, democrats
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today brought a measure to the senate floor that would increase the amount americans hurt by this bill can get from those responsible. in our fifth story tonight, a lone figure dared to stand up in defense of the oil companies. the law spearheaded by bob menendez of new jersey, a state with miles of beaches, would have raised the current level from $75 million, a drop in the oily bucket, to $10 billion. still less than what bp makes in profits in half a year's time. bipartisan voters, unanimous consent, which means there's no vote, the bill just passes, unless someone objects. cue the republican. >> is there objection? >> mr. president -- >> senator from alaska. >> reserving the right to object. >> republican senator lisa murkowski, campaign recipient of more than $400,000 from the oil and gas industry. explained that increasing liability will make drilling prohibitively expensive for mom-and-pop operations and said existing law already permits those hurt by the spills to seek
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compensation in court. >> the law expressly, expressly allows for unlimited damages, so you've got unlimited damages in state courts where the compensatory, the punitive damages, are already being sought. as we speak, there have been numerous claims filed. back on the 28th of april, the louisiana shrimpers filed a class action lawsuit against bp, transocean, halliburton and cameron for their economic losses. >> senator menendez argued if mom-and-pop drillers lacked the resources they do, maybe they ought not in the first place. and offered a history lesson about her own state and oil. >> the suggestion that those who are harmed, the fishermen, the commercial fishermen, the tourism companies and others are ultimately will be in a position to make claims in state court, well, i know my distinguished colleague from alaska knows what
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happened in the "exxon valdez" case, that took 20 years for claimants to try to get their just response. and some of them fell off the way because they just couldn't keep hanging in there. and they lost everything. >> we learned yesterday about the faulty blowout preventer which could not be activated because, a, a dead battery, b, a loose fitting that leaked high crawlic fluid and, c, modifications that were not reflected on the schematics which caused a whole day of wasted effort to shut down the spill. the blow outpreventer was designed, manufactured and installed without any government oversight at all. "the wall street journal" today reporting that after bad test results of the new cement seal on the well, bp decided to move ahead anyway. the alternative, at least a week's delay in fixing the seal at a cost of more than $5 million. transocean, owner and operator of the rig, today petitioning a judge, arguing that its own liability should be less than $27 million, based on 19th
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century maritime law. joining us now, ezra klein, policy writer for "the washington post," column nuft for "newsweek" and author. good evening. >> how are you? >> given transocean is hard at work trying to game the court system against americans hurt by this spill, do you have an idea why senator menendez says the courts are not sufficient to provide remedy for this and what his proposed remedy is? >> i'm no expert on 19th century maritime law, so that might disqualify me here. but when you go through the courts, it takes a very, very long time in these cases. and a lot of the people, it's a lot of individual fishermen, individual restaurant owners and it's hard for them to stick in there, with the legal fees. on the other side we have an expedited process but has a $75 million cap.
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we've had estimates of up to $14 billion, so he's trying to move it up to $10 billion so there could be an expedited process for these people who lost everything now to get it back soon. >> we did put in a call to 19th century law melville but he hasn't responded yet. >> he's not good at that these days. >> and protecting mom-and-pop operators who wouldn't be able to afford insurance. can you add to that rebuttal that menendez gave? are there a lot of mom-and-pop drilling offshore operations? >> these mom-and-pop are bigger than what my mother and father own. i don't think that's the scale we're talking about. but it is conceivable there are a lot of oil drilling operations, that if the true cost of oil were put into the price of what they have to do and what they have to cover, if their drilling goes wrong, they couldn't afford to do it. that gets to a much more important and much larger point. what we pay at the pump does not
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include all the costs on society. there's an enormous amount of pollution, dangers of global warming, spills like this one. the national academy of sciences put in those an estimate that oil should be 29 cents more per gallon. so yes, it is true that if you made oil reflect its true cost, some -- either some of us wouldn't buy as much of it or some people who currently produce it wouldn't be able to produce it. i'm not sure why it should be the government's role to encourage mom-and-pop for more production of oil. >> correct me if i'm wrong, bp literally already has a criminal record for the deadly blast in texas city, texas, for the spills in alaska, for conspireing to corner propane and manipulate the price, we assume that was upwards. why are we talking about a cap on this? we don't do that for organized crime, a
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crime. >> it's because the cap is an expedited process. i imagine i'm not an expert on it but i imagine it has a lot to do with there are probably some legal issues there, i'd guess. on the other hand, i don't know exactly what the republicans are doing on this. the remember, the senate is sort of run like a hippy commune. if as many as one of them says i don't want to continue, everybody's got to stop for a couple days and sort of have a feeling circle on it before they take a vote of 60. so what republicans will do on this is up in the air. senator murkowski, you're seeing there are oil companies that don't like this legislation and worry in the future they'll have a massive oil drilling catastrophe and they don't want to be on the hook for it and she's helping them out. >> and senator murkowski from the hippy commune. ezra klein reporting to us tonight from wood stock. >> thank you. >> let's bring in mike mason, an oil worker who runs a freight
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service, mr. mason, thank you for joining us. >> thank you, keith. >> explain briefly how a blowout preventer works and what testing tells them before you install them. >> well, a blowout preventer works in two different ways. one, to shear the well off if the primary way doesn't work, which is to seal the pipe off. to test the bops it's what they call an integrity test to see if they hold up to the pressures. >> so what exactly is the claim you've made about the testing that bp and its contractors have done on the blowout preventers? >> well, when they test the bops they're supposed to hold each test for five minutes, at 5,000 psi. to cut corners they hold the test 30 seconds or so on each one. they have a spin chart with an ink pen on the spin chart, they spin the chart ahead five minutes and then bleed the
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pressures off. >> you've seen them literally, what, move a paper through a machine to indicate there's been a five-minute test when it hasn't been that long? >> yes, sir. >> often? is this the regular way to get these things tested or is it just an occasional corner cut? how would you estimate it in terms of your experience? >> well, i would say if the state inspector wasn't there to witness it most times, and the state inspector is there maybe half the time object the test, so they would do it if the state inspector wasn't there. >> is there any rule or any law that says bops, blowout preventers, have to meet those standards set for them? who is the testing done for? >> the aogcc in alaska and the state of alaska. >> but are there laws that say, i mean, in other words, is there a set of laws that says these are the standards but there's no set of laws that says the blowout preventers have to meet the standards? is there a loophole that big?
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>> no, there is a set of laws that says they have to meet them standards. >> provided there is an inspector there. if there's no inspector there, they just fake it? >> yes, sir. that's correct. >> you've gone public before, nationally and alaska locally with these allegations about the practices in the industry regarding the blowout protecters. i assume, senator murkowski has been working diligently to address your claims on behalf of the natural pristine environment in your state? >> not that i can see, no. no. >> so is anybody interested in doing anything about this? the government? either in alaska or representatives nationally from alaska? >> no. i believe that the commissions, the regulations commissions up here are in the oil field's back pocket. they don't have the strength to follow through with the regulations, and pretty much they let the oil fields write the procedures in the first
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place. >> do you assume -- obviously your experience would be primarily in alaska. do you assume this is the case in the gulf and what we're looking at with this thing, that bp is continually spilling two to three, 400,000 gallons of oil into the gulf right now each day? do you think something like that happened there, based on your experience? >> yes, i do. i think it's a culture that is within bp, and other drilling contractors. yes, i do. >> is there any way out of the corruption in this system, in your opinion? >> no, until we have stronger regulations and stronger commissions and more honest politicians, i don't see that bp's going to change their way. >> sounds like a state regulator at every one of those tests might be of some use, or a federal one. mike mason, whistleblower on the oil industry, great thanks for your courage in speaking up on this stuff. >> you're welcome. thank you, keith. we should note we asked bp for comment on mr. mason's story. we received no reply.
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why is this man claiming the administration just cut counterterrorism funds to new york, he's talking so much he might as well be going door to door, when it actually increased them? why is he doing it on breaking news from pakistan in the case of the fireworks terrorist and supposed accomplice? the trying to correct the show us your papers law, the first big convention not going to arizona? the 2012 presidential convention. a colleague and friend inexcusably attacked and belittled in "the washington post," something about her attacker which he does not want you to know. there's no description better than the one on comedy central's own website for its segment by
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it's a whole new volkswagen, and a whole new game. fbi agents today raiding half a dozen locations in the northeast as part of the investigation into the failed attempt to set off a bomb, or fireworks in times square earlier this month, amid breaking news tonight that pakistan has arrested a suspect who says he was an accomplice to the times square would-be bomber. a "washington post" reporting within the last hour that the suspect, whose arrest has not been previously disclosed, has provided a, quote, independent stream of evidence that the
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pakistani taliban was behind the attempted attack. the president's visit to new york tonight setting off a bizarre round of bipartisan accusations that his administration is shortchanging the city on homeland security funding, even though basic math suggests that that is not the case. we begin with at rests, the ones here in the u.s. today. federal and local officials searching homes and businesses this morning in the suburbs of boston, philadelphia and new york. three men arrested being held tonight for immigration violations. two of them believed to have helped faisal shahzad receive money from pakistan. >> there's at least a basis to believe one of the things they did was to provide him with funds, and so we are trying to trace back to see what exactly was the nature of those transactions, the purpose of the sharing of that -- of those m moneys, so this is just part of
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the ongoing investigation. >> the president in new york tonight visiting police headquarters in order tore thank the officers for their response to the bombing attempt. local politicians of both parties today complaining about the nation's homeland security funding. pete king and anthony weiner upset that new york's share of grant money for beefing up rail and port security has been cut from $198 million last year to $145 million this year. but the white house pointing out that new york got an extra $100 million for rail and port security in economic stimulus money. the net increase. then kit bond having accused the obama administration of, quote, executing a hostile takeover from the intelligence community by purportedly failing to cooperate with the intelligence committee on which he sit. he appeared to fall asleep for 15 minutes yesterday on a briefing on the bombing attempt. saying the accusation is a baseless personal attack, but senator orrin hatch who sat next
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to mr. bond during the briefing confirmed hatch's eyes were indeed shut. he told "the wall street journal," quote, i can tell you he was awake, adding that sometimes the lights in the room are so bright, quote, have you to rest your eyes for a bit. you get light burn. my future's so strong, i get light burn. lots to talk about with our own jonathan alter, author of "the promise, president obama year one" good evening. >> hi, keith. >> net increase of $47 million overall funds, some of it coming from a different place than last year. what explains the bipartisan outrage? >> i think it has to do with the fallout from the khalid shaikh mohammed case where attorney general holder wanted him tried, you know, the mastermind of 9/11, tried in new york city. they blind sided the local authorities. the police commissioner was upset, the mayor was upset. everybody was upset. so that's part of what the president's visit is tonight, to try to mend fences with law
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enforcement in new york. you have to remember that in the president's first budget, they changed bush's priority on funding for terrorism. it used to be spread around the country like pork. with all due respect to kansas, for them to get a lot of post 9/11 money was pretty silly. there was not likely to be an attack in kansas. new york was short changed for that whole period, for eight years, and that was rectified in the president's first budget, but there are still these hard feelings as a result of the poor politics of the way they handled the khalid shaikh mohammed case. >> we don't know what happened in terms of this arrest in pakistan, and it is fascinating to hear them describe this suspect as a self-described accomplice of shahzad. but we know that the ones today in this country, the searches anyway, came from information that officials say shahzad gave to them. is it still difficult now to claim that this was a mistake to have read him his miranda rights? >> well, you know what happened
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is dick cheney said, he dised law enforcement and he thought this is a military problem, terrorism. it's both. you have to fight it militarily with drone attacks and so forthovforth overseas. but at home, after an attempt it's a law enforcement issue. there's nothing wrong with reading folks their miranda rights, especially if they're american citizens. there are waivers you can get if you think it's a real national security threat -- >> which they used in this case. >> which they used. but here's the thing to understand. remember the christmas day bomber, abdulmutallab, he was treated through conventional law enforcement, cheney and the rest of them went crazy. the only reason that they cracked all the details of that case is because by using classic police techniques, they convinced him that he should cooperate, they brought his father over, and once his father came over to the united states they were able to get all of the details. if that had been the military
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handling that, do you think that the father in africa would have come over to the united states? the police department, particularly the new york city police department really know what they're doing on terrorism. >> senator bond came out of that intelligence briefing about the times square situation, or as he would call it, nap time, and said he was not convinced of the claim that shahzad was trained and directed and financed by pakistani taliban militants which is looking like a fairly foolish remark in light of tonight's developments, but he said that beforehand to be fair to him. might it really be the case that now there is a democratic president, a republican, a prominent one on this issue, would not want to prevail in the so-called war on terror? >> now, you know, look. i mean, they want to win the war or terror too. but what's happened is the partisanship has just gotten so ramped up, they have to oppose on every issue. and it reaches a kind of a mindlessness where the same people who were saying that harriet miers' lack of
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whoops. arizona republicans and their anti-hispanic law costs phoenix a big convention get, the republican presidential convention. first, today's twitter report. day -- i've long since forgotten. followers, just under 60,000. tweet of the day, part of the hash tag festival on twitter, palin's new book title, chicken soup for the isolated conservative, alaska soul? no, chicken soup for those without a soul.
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reminding you the twirsts follows the worsts. let's play "oddball." we begin in a bear park in switzerland. one cub is on the ground and one is stuck atop the tree. clearly the little twitter too scared to fall down, so mama bear gets her cub down the hard way. >> and down goes bear cub. baby bear was fine, but he'll have to pay to replace the tree out of his allowance and he gets no porrage. the aaa affiliates asked shawn johnson to throw out the ceremonial first pitch after a
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the rnc has chosen tampa, florida, as the site of the 2012 republican national convention. phoenix, arizona, was in the running, but the new draconian immigration law had nothing to do with its choice. coincidence, no doubt. in our third story tonight, more
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protests in arizona, this time yet over another provocative overreaching law. first to the rnc's choice of tampa, a committeewoman credited the two previous bids as having improved its prospects. fair enough, tampa is a great city. but does steele really want to contend with this? tampa as a reputation among some as the lap dance capital of the world? three of the four major companies that supply dancers are based in tampa, phoenix as well as salt lake city not chosen for the gop convention. jan brewer explaining the rnc was, quote, looking for a state with more electoral votes. and, quote, purely a business decision. other business decisions are affecting the city of phoenix. they have been tallied at the request of its mayor phil gordon. gordon commissioned a study
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showing phoenix could lose up to $90 million in revenue from events that might be canceled due to the new immigration law. four events may be canceled. a dozen are are listed as vulnerable. it could cause a near economic crisis. but to the rescue, sarah palin who has remarked on the decision by an illinois high school refusing to send its basketball team in protest, palin says the girls should go rogue and figure out how to get there, you know, without at proval of the school and their parents. brewer signed another bill into law, restricting ethnics studies classes in the state's public schools and that has already spawn this had protest at the state office of education in tucson. hundreds of students and parents and educators staging a sit-in. 15 arrested for trespassing. let's turn to kirsten cinema in the arizona house of representatives. thanks again for your time tonight. >> it's great to be here with
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you, keith. >> the republican national committee not choosing phoenix a month after this passed. is that coincidence or harbinger? >> i think it's ironic considering it's thanks to the republican party in arizona that sb 1070 actually passed. even though high-ranking republicans all across the country have said this is unconstitutional. >> how significant is it that mayor gordon from phoenix is assessing potential economic losses to his city? >> i'm glad he did a study to assess it but we're already feeling the effects of the boycott. we've lost $10 million at least in economic revenue in phoenix and that doesn't even consider the entire state. so i think it's important we're doing this research and we can show legislators who have made this bad decision that it hurts us in more ways than just in the reputation across the country. >> this new law restricting ethnic studies classes, what is it, who's for it and what are
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the impacts of that going to be? >> this bill was drafted by a current superintendent of schools, tom horn, who happens to be running for attorney general. the bill outlaws any optional program of study that concerns a specific racial or ethnic group. so for instance, african-american studies, asian-american studies and latino-american studies are banned under this program. they're optional for middle school and high school students to learn about the culture and heritage of our country. >> you're in washington now, obviously. you've been seeing the national reaction to this new law and to 1070. what is it like? i guess i'm more concerned with the off the record stuff that can't be quoted, but what's your sense from people of both parties, what it means for the state and the country long-term? >> i just came from an event with folks from both political parties and they are just aghast at what's happening. not only is this bad policy but
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it's unconstitutional and the state had no right to do it. and everyone really agrees that this sets a bad precedent for our country and could encourage copy cat measures across the nation. that's a great danger to not only immigrants but all people, even people like me, across this country. >> these laws have been passed, they have been signed by the governor. they are going to take effect at the conclusion of the legislature after a certain given period. looks like beginning of september, end of august, what are lawmakers like you who oppose this doing right now? >> right now i'm working with a group of organizations to bring a lawsuit to sb 1070. we have until july 29th to bring this suit and seek an injunction to stop the law from going into effect. i'm working with the aclu, the mex ken-american legal defense fund and the national immigrant law center. we're also urging the department of justice to look carefully at this law and either consider bringing a suit or intervening in an existing suit to seek injunction so this law does not
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go into effect and violate the civil liberties to all arizonians. >> good luck with it. >> thanks. >> joining us once again from washington, great thanks and good night. >> thank you. you too. you can't spell lewis black without b-e-c-k -- oh, i'm sorry, that would be you can't spell bleck without e-c-k. well, close enough. miss bendy straw takes shots at rachel and msnbc. and when rachel joins you, you know that the sheriff in this john mccain ad is not from the border town which the ad was shot. she will interview the town's actual sheriff, the one whose experience didn't fit john mccain's script. ! the abdomen-ator dr. bob bergowitz! yeah, woo! [ announcer ] she's the queen of clean! the 2009 surgeon of the year, dr. nancy mendelsohn!
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sarah palin jokes about coming to msnbc as if she had the courage of her conventions or merely just conventions.
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first, that isn't your water coming to a boil, it's the checkup on the something for nothing crowd. it's tea time. now they're just the nothing for nothing crowd. this is just getting sad. it was a mass tea party rally at north carolina's general assembly building. the goal? show the man, the unmitigated force of all the protesters banding together, putting aside their differences and nuances to form a united front to demand the repeal of health care reform. this was the chance to illegal strait the evil that socialism, fascism and botulism have inflicted upon our fair land and tell the legislators whose boss. bring the membership of 20 different tea party groups to the center of north carolina's state government and have each patriot link hands and form a human chain around the building. it was only about nine seconds worth of video of the mass of mankind that stepped up to meet history's moment.
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oh, the humanity. 50 people. with long arms, i guess. okay, okay, i've got another one. it was a mass tea party rally at north carolina's bank of america in charlotte. the goal, show the man the unmitigated force of protesters, banding together, putting aside their new ances and differences to form a front to defeat the financial reform bill. this was the chance to illustrate the -- let's just cut to the chase and show this picture. looks like the crowd's thinned out a bit. that was it. seven people. seven people and a flag. do you have a flag? if it's that bad to invoke the late great bill hicks, have some self-respect. stay home and you can look up the last word online. ♪ for strong bones, i take calcium.
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when ms. black makes me look like glenn beck's best friend. but tonight, the worst persons in the world. tom shales of "the washington post." he has been acerbic but largely fair tv critic for several deck afds but his time seems to be at an end. in the review of "need to know" he colorfully described his contention. he wrote this about my friend, colleague and previous guest host for this program, the first show included a fat which is interview with bill clinton. the show's semi confide competes
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were jon meacham and she looked like she would be much more comfortable in clinton's lap. those remarks alone, "the washington post" should terminate mr. shales. but dismiss it for a moment and consider it mr. shales just substituted less offensive analogy. this is from the same man, mr. shales who was or perhaps still is involved in the writing of a book with the espn network where his co-author was dating one of the espn hosts and one of her shows was virtually the only topic in at least one 90-minute interview with a former stafferer, though neither shales or co-writer disclosed that fact before the interview was conducted mr. shales is not qualified to be telling anyone about integrity anymore. sparks, nevada, two signs placed telling drivers to yield
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constant viewers will agree when it comes to political and social satire, it's nearly impossible to watch stuff from comedian lewis black that is not the a material. it often happens lewis outdoes himself on the daily show. such an occasion? last night's monologue about lonesome rhodes beck. here a few weeks back, lewis was placid compared to his eruption last night. they are familiar with the routine. fox news and glenn beck are also headquartered in rockefeller. somehow lonesome missed that one. glenn beck keeps bringing the stupid. as a public service for those
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who take beck seriously, here's lewis black on glenn beck. >> arizona's new immigration law has a lot of people outraged. some people more than others. >> some have likened having to carry papers around to nazi germany. >> that's a little bit of a hyperbole to compare arizona to nazi germany. first of all, nazi germany had a much nicer climate. but now all this outrage has people outraged at the outrage. >> you're out of your mind. are you comparing the systematic cold blooded extermination of millions of jews to america making sure that people are here legally? arizona sure is putting the az in nazi, aren't they? >> oh, didn't think it was going to be him, did you? glenn beck is offended. glenn beck thinks playing the nazi card is going too far.
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glenn beck. this is a guy who uses more swastika props and video of the nuremberg rallies than the history channel. for god's sake. for god's sake, he compared global warming to nazi germany. >> that was hitler's plan. his enemy, the jew. al gore's enemy, the u.n.'s enemy, global warming. >> i'm not accusing al gore of being a nazi or anything like that. >> yes, you are! you just did it! note to glenn beck. i've met al gore. al gore is no adolf hitler. hitler had charisma. all glenn beck needs is a single word to send him into a nazi tizzy. especially when it comes from
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president obama talking about his supreme court justice. >> i view that quality of empathy, of understanding, and identifying with people's hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes. >> did you catch it? neither did i. but guess who did? >> hitler decided that it was the only empathetic thing to do is to put this child down and put him out of his suffering. it was the beginning of the t-4 which led to genocide everywhere. it was the beginning of it. empathy leads you to very bad decisions, many times. >> in one paragraph, glenn beck tied one of the most positive words in the english language to hitler's genocide. it's six degrees of kevin bacon. except there's just one degree, and kevin bacon is hitler. oh, can i play? let's see.
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mother teresa. mother teresa had a mustache. hitler had a mustache. mother teresa is hitler. this is easy. and it works for anything. the national endowment for the arts. >> advocating through art is known as propaganda. should look up the name gurbls. >> teaching about climate change. >> some believe are on the road to the hitler youth. >> a.c.o.r.n. >> these are the brown shirts. >> t.a.r.p. >> it's what happened in the national socialist country of germany in the 1930s under hitler. >> the peace corps. seriously, the [ bleep ] peace corps. >> this is what hitler did with the ss. >> glenn beck has nazi touret s tourette's

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